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The Encyclopedia Show! Series 3, Volume 9: Flightless Birds

The Encyclopedia Show is a live variety extravaganza that commissions local and touring artists and experts from many disciplines to use their individual talents to present a different verbal encyclopedia entry each month. The Encyclopedia Show endeavors to build an age-integrated community cultivating accidental knowledge and irreverent lovingkindness. Though the show is accredited by the Institute of Human Knowledge and Hygiene, it is our ongoing mission to chafe against logic and proof, find meaning in obfuscation, and wrest truth from fact once and for all.

ABOUT THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW: Founded in Chicago, December 2008, by poets and producers Robbie Q. Telfer and Shanny Jean Maney, the Encyclopedia Show showcases visual art, comedy, music, and spoken word on a wide variety of subjects revolving around a chosen topic. Each month a new topic is picked from the encyclopedia and related assignments are sent to a diverse group of novice and notable talents from the Chicagoland area and national artists in the slam, academic, and youth artists' communities. The Encyclopedia Shows provide audiences of all ages entertainment and creatively executed accidental knowledge.

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ABOUT CHICAGO SLAM WORKS: Sponsoring the Encyclopedia Show, the Chicago Slam Works has been building on Chicago's unique heritage as the birthplace of modern-day performance poetry. Chicago Slam Works brings together audiences, poets, and arts organizations to promote well-crafted performance poetry through event production. The founding members of CSW are pillars of the international movement and the organizational force behind dozens of major poetic events in and around Chicago—as well as the world.


Recorded Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at the Vittum Theater.

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